Science Fiction Collection

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The Georgia Tech Science Fiction Collection is one of the Institute's most unique resources for research and education. In 1998, GT literature professor Irving "Bud" Foote laid the foundation for the science fiction collection by donating his personal book and magazine collection to Georgia Tech Archives, which currently holds over 10,000 science fiction and fantasy novels, anthologies, and more than 1,000 periodical issues. American science fiction printed between 1950 and 1990 is the collection's strongest coverage area. Most fiction items are held in Georgia Tech Archives; duplicate copies of these items (when available) can be found in the Library's general collection, along with a variety of secondary and reference works related to science fiction studies.

Donating Books, Magazines, or Archival Materials:

The continuing growth of the Georgia Tech Science Fiction Collection relies on the generous support of donors. Past donations have led to current collection strengths, primarily mid-20th century American book and magazine science fiction; ongoing donations augment emerging collecting areas, such as southeastern US science fiction fandom.

For more information about donating to the collection, please contact:

Jody Thompson
(404) 894-9626

    Books & Magazines:

  • approximately 10,000 science fiction and fantasy novels and anthologies, primarily American paperbacks dated 1950-2000 
  • complete or largely complete runs of significant science fiction magazines, including: Astounding/Analog (1933-2006); Asimov's (1977-2005); Galaxy (1950-1980); and Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction (1950-2000, partial) 
  • Scholarly Materials:

  • extensive monographic holdings in the history and criticism of science fiction 
  • current subscriptions to all major English-language academic, critical, and trade publications related to the writing and study of science fiction
  • Science Fiction Film:

  • more than 150 science fiction films and television series are available in the library's circulating DVD collection
  • Fandom:

  • growing collections of fanzines and convention programs

The collection began in 1998 when Irving "Bud" Foote, professor emeritus in Georgia Tech's School of Literature, Media & Communication, and GT's first science fiction scholar, donated his personal science fiction collection to Georgia Tech Library. Since its inauguration, the collection has grown through the help of many contributors.

Major Donors:

Irving F. "Bud" Foote

Irving Flint "Bud" Foote (1930-2005) spent his career as a professor of English at the School of Literature, Communication, and Culture at the Georgia Institute of Technology, where he taught science fiction studies for over three decades. In addition to creating one of the first university-level science fiction classes, Foote brought science fiction studies to life at Georgia Tech through a series of guest lectures including authors Fred Pohl, Ursula K. LeGuin, Octavia Butler, and Kim Stanley Robinson. In 1999 Foote donated over 8000 volumes of science fiction to the Georgia Tech library: this gift comprises the bulk of the school's archival collection.

David Brin

David Brin has authored dozens of science fiction novels and short story collections, including The Uplift War (winner of the Hugo and Locus awards for best novel in 1988) and The Postman (originally published in 1985; produced as a Warner Brothers film starring Kevin Costner in 1997). Kiln People (2002), received second place for 2003's Hugo, Locus, Arthur C. Clarke, and John W. Campbell Memorial awards. Brin's donations to Georgia Tech include first editions of all his major novels and hardbound translations of his works in French, Spanish, and Russian. More information about Brin can be found at:

Dr. Patrick Thomas Malone, M.D.

Dr. Patrick Thomas Malone donated his extensive science fiction collection to Georgia Tech after his son Thomas Patrick Malone II, a Tech graduate, told him about the Foote Collection in 1999. The Malone gift is comprised primarily of paperback novels published between 1950 and 1990, and includes a complete run of the Ballantine Fantasy series.

Richard D. Erlich

In 2006, Richard D. Erlich retired from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio), where he taught English since 1971 and Film Studies courses since the 1980s, including courses in SF and SF film. He is the author of "Coyote's Song: The Teaching Stories of Ursula K. Le Guin, "A Science Fiction Research Association Digital Book." With the help of Thomas P. Dunn and others, he compiled Clockworks: A Multimedia Bibliography [i.e., List] of Works Useful for the Study of the Human/Machine Interface in SF (1993). The work of that List is continued in "Clockworks 2: The Supplement".

With Thomas P. Dunn, he solicited essays for, assembled, and edited the anthologies Clockwork Worlds: Mechanized Environments in SF (1983) and The Mechanical God: Machines in Science Fiction (1982). Most recently he published "Le Guin and God: Quarreling with the One, Critiquing Pure Reason," Extrapolation 47.3 (Winter 2006): 351-79. He currently lives in Ventura County in California and does odd jobs in hard-copy editing and movie pre-production. More information about Mr. Erlich can be found on his website.

Atlanta Science Fiction Society

Donations from the Atlanta Science Fiction Society have played a major role in building and sustaining the Georgia Tech Science Fiction Collection. This includes both collective donations on behalf of ASFS and generous donations from individual ASFS members. Members such as Jerrie Adkins, Larry Davis, and Lewis Murphy have made significant personal contributions to Georgia Tech's holdings of science fiction books, magazines, and materials related to fandom.

Locate the Collection:

  • 4 West - Books can be checked out for 28 days.

  • Archives - Books cannot be checked out, but can be used in the Archives.

Library, 4th Floor